Bubble Cloud Watch Face Launcher for Android Wear
Bubble Cloud Launcher for Android Wear now includes Watch Face Launcher
You can select "Bubble Cloud" as you would set any other watch face.
In watch face mode, the so called "Favorites cloud" will be displayed as the watchface. This includes the clock bubble, and optionally the date, the battery live-info bubbles, or the wifi, ringmode toggles, and the find-my-phone bubble. All app launcher bubbles work too as expected:
tap once to open the corresponding app
or double tap to "sticky" open the app pinned, which means it's going to be kept on screen
You can access your archive cloud by swiping either to the left or right, depending on how you configured it in settings. The contact cloud is also operational.
As long as you have the Bubble Cloud watchface, you the swipe-in gesture from the edge of the screen will not take you to the app tray. This saves you from all the interference with other apps. Now we have a much more convenient way to get to our apps: just go back to the home screen in any of the usual ways: by pressing the hardware button or by putting your palm on the screen.
This is still a watchface, and all the regular functions of watch faces are still accessible:
you can say "OK google" to invoke the voice search
incoming notifications show up at the bottom of the screen (covering some of the bubbles, until you swipe it down).
you can interact with the notifications in the usual manner: just make sure to swipe at them at the bottom of the screen
You can also access your older notifications and the swipe down menu. For this, you need to firsttap on the clock bubble:
the cloud changes color to let you know you cannot launch apps
swipe down for the settings
swipe up for the notificaton cards
you can effectively start the voice search by double tapping on the clock bubble
In the on-the-watch settings of Bubble Cloud Launcher, you can choose whether the ambient screen should display the special power-efficient hollow bubbles. Or, if you are using a watch with LCD screen (such as the Moto 360), I actually recommend to use the regular, filled bubbles even on the ambient screen, because here the number of active pixels has no effect on the power use of the display. We actually save power by not needing to draw two sets of bubble clouds, one regular and one hollow.
This is a crude first version. Power consumption is not fully optimized yet, although I designed it with battery efficiency in mind. In the few days I have tested it myself, I haven't had any accidental app launches, but still I am open to suggestions for an intuitive touch protection mechanism.
Finally, don't be alarmed, this is just an option, when you choose to keep using other watch-faces, Bubble Cloud Launcher will become accessible in the traditional manner: swiping in or double tapping on selected edge of the screen.
App Drawer mode animation with compatible watch faces
Here is how app-opening animation works in Bubble Cloud Launcher:
when you tap an icon, the associated activity is called, and at the same time the zoom-in animation is started
when the app gets fully loaded, a quick cross-fade transition reveals the app
When Bubble Cloud Launcher is used in watch-face mode, my app gets notified as soon as the running app appears on the screen (the watch face receives a visible=false call back). When used in app-drawer mode, my app no longer has access to this information, so the zoom-in animation needs to happen for the longest time to make sure the app in the background is fully loaded: http://youtu.be/Daa2hsanBhY?t=7m12s
Starting with version 2.10 app opening animation will work with compatible watch faces (if a watch face is not compatible, the starting animation will always last 4 seconds, no matter how quickly the app opens in the background) and Bubble Cloud Launcher will give you a reminder following the first animation.
So what are compatible watch faces?
I am currently in the talks with Facer dev Fodawim, so hopefully all your Facer creations will become compatible, but you can ask your favorite watch face dev to include the following two lines in their watchface:
in the public class Engine extends CanvasWatchFaceService.Engine definition:
final private Intent bcIntent=new Intent("dynalogix.bubblecloud.WATCHFACE_HIDDEN");
in the onVisibilityChanged(boolean visible) callback:
If you do, please let me know when it was updated, I would gladly list their apps in my Google+ pages.
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I love the idea and I have purchased the app, it just feels like something is missing. I wish the icons could be just floating without the bubble around them.
That's a new idea! Nobody thought of this before. So you would like different size icons floating around in space?
So here is a rough estimate of how it would look:
(I guess then the icons could be closer to each other.
Or did you mean on the Android Wear watch?)
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